We have been very fortunate to discover the joys of Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events on audio.
Oh, what dire and calamitous events befall those poor and hapless Baudelaire orphans. Ahhhhh, but with such literary occasion! The bereaved children and their clever narrator are never short on words to describe their disastrous circumstances-- words such as nefarious, treacherous, and lampooned. The events themselves provide plentiful opportunity for teaching literary concepts as well as historical bits of interest and a smattering of science to boot.
Simeon is not old enough to read these books on his own just yet, but he has been listening to them on audio. We are on book the fifth, The Hostile Hospital, and enjoying it thoroughly.
Here is a link to a PDF file of an Unfortunate Events Activity Kit for 3rd to 5th graders. I particularly liked the crossword that uses baby Sunny's amusing baby babble words.
The official activity book for this series is called Puzzling Puzzles: Bothersome Games that will Bother Some People.
Delightfully annoying I am sure!